"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."
Leon Garrett was born in Longview, TX to the union of Laura Smith Garrett and Joe Henry Garrett. He attended Ned E. Williams School in Longview, TX. He worked with his dad and later moved to Garland, TX, where he worked at Empire Terminal Warehouse and Taylor Forms.
He went on to marry Shirley Sue Bolton, who preceded him in death, 5 children were born to this union.
He later moved to Dallas, TX where he met Alice Tasby. They started out as friends and fell in love. To this union one daughter was born, and he gained a son, that he raised as his own. They had breaks in the relationship but always found their way back together until his death.
Leon Garrett was a lifelong member of Fourth Ave Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas. Accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior early in life, he faithfully attended Sunday school and regular Church services before failing health issues.
He was preceded in death by both parents, one grandson, Steve Garrett, 5 brothers W.E. Garrett, Winston Garrett, Elzie (PI) Garrett, Joe Willis Garrett and Eddie Garrett; 3 sisters Ida Sibley, Dorothea Bradley-Griffin and Mary Lee Boyd.
Leon Garrett leaves to cherish in his memory: A loving companion Alice Tasby, 12 children: 4 sons, Leon Garrett Jr, Nathan Garrett, Jaylan Garrett and Derrick Tasby (Shuntel); 8 daughters, Gloria Gibbs (Nakia), Shunda Garrett, Lavina Garrett, Latania Garrett, Laticha Hester (Robert), Jazzmyne Garrett, Tierrea Garrett and Juel Garrett.
Twenty-six grand-children: David, Shavina, Roshunda, Asia, Patricia, Stephen, Rodnecia, Joy, Kashmond, Kashmere, Promise, Tia, Paige, Sergarian, Marcus, Skyla, Bishop, Latonya, Steve, Jayla, Naquirrea, Nakayla, Nakyra, Reign, Kimonie and Elijah, 32 great-great grandchildren, 4 brothers, MacArthur Garrett, John Garrett, Douglas Garrett and LA Alwyn Garrett and 4 sisters, Bobbie Sammon, Edith Paris, Ruby Moore and Phyllis Rattler, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
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